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October 30, 1987 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-30

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Big & Tall
and Still
Growing

Who are the big and tall men?
They are every man, from all
walks of life. They have the same
diverse interests, the same occu-
pations, tastes, hobbies and
social experiences — the same
dreams and desires as the
average guys. Only their sizes
distinguish them from men of
lesser proportions.
Kosins Big & Tall store, in
Lathrup Village, Michigan, un-
derstands those size differences
and caters to the larger and
taller men who tower head and
shoulders above the rest.
"Thirty years ago, there was a
drastically limited choice for
men's larger sizes," comments
Eliot Goldbaum, Kosins Big &
Tall Merchandise Manager.
"But today, big and tall clothing
has really come into its own,
especially at Kosins," he added.
True. Kosins Big & Tall is the
finest store of its type in the
country. Not only do they carry
a full range of big, tall and portly _
sizes — but they sell fashion for
big and tall men. Now the
towering seven footer, as well as
the supersized 56 extra long, can
look as debonair and dapper as
any guy on the cover of Gentle-
men's Quarterly.
Of all the big and tall men's
stores locally and throughout
the country, the Kosins' opera-
tion is probably the most en-
compassing. And there are
plenty of good reasons why it
flourishes. For example there
are: Oleg Cassini, Lou Myles,
LeBaron, Carelli, Angelo Donati,
Carlo Pucci, Louis Roth and
Bartolini to name a few. Refer-
ring to the designers and manu-
facturers, Ben Kosins, President
of Kosins explains, "They don't
make big and tall clothing for
anyone else." Exclusive labels,
racks of suits and sportswear
and cases of accessories from
important standard-size mens-
wear sources fill the store. "It's
because of buying power,"
Kosins CEO, Harry Kosins
continues. "I simply told them
(the manufacturers) that if you
don't make quality clothing for
me for the Big & Tall store, I
won't buy for the regular store'
because I wanted to give the Big
& Tall customers the kinds of
things they weren't _able to find
before. Now we do such a phe-
nomenal business, the companies
are happy to cut the patterns for
the sizes we use here."

Harry estimates that 28 per-
cent of the male population falls
into the Big & Tall category.
"Big men want to wear
suedes, leathers, velvets, silks,
cashmeres and every kind of
luxurious fabric combined with
every sophisticated style and
silhouette," Goldbaum said. "Not
too long ago, a Kosins' customer,
a size 56 XL, had a yen for a
double-breasted white wool gab
suit. You're right. He got it."
At Kosins Big & Tall, the
"bigs" (40 to 60, regulars and
longs); the "portly" (40 to 60,
shorts and regulars;" . . . we call
them 'senator' models in order
not to intimidate the customer,"
said Harry), and the extra longs
(40 to 56) and other various sizes
in these categories can enjoy
superb tailoring with up-to-the-
minute haberdashery. (To give
you an idea, more than the usual
four — S, M, L and XL — size
ranges for sweaters, Kosins Big
& Tall offers eight, thereby
allowing an Arnold Schwarzen-
egger or Raymond Burr look-
alike the opportunity to wear
this season's terrific sportswear,
too.)
Some very tall — or very
noticeable — Detroiters are
listed in the Kosins Big & Tall
guest book: Bubba Baker,
Mayor Robert Blackwell of
Highland Park, Jim Brandstat-
ter, Monte Clark, Councilman
Jack Kelley, Jac LeGoff and
Terry Tyler for example. And as
you can imagine, the store is a
meeting place for basketball and
football players in search of the
larger than average size shirts,
slacks, suits and shoes. In the
latter category, Kosins carries
sizes up to 15 EEE or _so.
Kosins Big & Tall store has
everything the hard-to-fit cus-
tomer could ask for: handsome
designer clothes in big and tall
sizes, current sportswear favor-
ites and a diverse selection of
accessory items. No other store
can surpass Kosins for quality,
selection, and of course, the
famous Kosins fit.
The Kosins go out of their
way to ensure the big and tall
customer of the same elegant
look and value that have dis-
tinguished them as industry
fashion leaders for 60 years.

You can travel the world over
and you won't find
a Big & Tall store with
a greater selection
of quality fashions
for the hard-to-fit
gentleman.

No man is too big
or too tall to
throw us a
fashion curve:
Suits & Sport Coats

48-60 Regular
48-56 Long
40-54 X-Long
Sweaters
MT-2XT; I X-4X
Shirts
Neck sizes: 15-20
Slacks
38-60 Regular
34-52 Long Rise

"Where Fashion Reaches New Heights"

Lathrup Village
26300 Southfield Rd.
North of 10 1/2 Mile

osins
Biq &

Project an air of
complete confidence and
maximum fashion with
total comfort — try a
portly fit in our
strong masculine styles.

From $169

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Monday-Friday 10-9;
Saturday 9-6;
Sunday 12-5 • 569-6930

42 Portly Short to
52 Portly Short
42 Portly Regular to
60 Portly Regular
44 Portly Long to
60 Portly Long

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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